Moms Night Inn

Moms Night Inn is an overnight event for moms who have children who are D/HH. It is a fun-filled weekend where moms can get together and learn more about having a child with a hearing difference, including various types of support.  This is also a time for moms to connect and relax.  This event will include a panel of D/HH young adults.

  • November 7-8, 2020 – Scottsbluff, NE
    • November 7 at 1:00 p.m. through November 8 at 12:00 p.m.
    • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 902 Winter Creek Dr., Scottsbluff, NE 69361
    • To request an interpreter, register by October 16, 2020.
    • To apply for a scholarship, apply by October 23, 2020.
    • Registration deadline for Moms Night Inn is October 29, 2020.
    • Questions? Contact Shelli Janning, gbys@handsandvoicesne.org.
    • Registration Link: https://forms.gle/6beXNjNr3hL8Bzin6
  • February 6-7, 2021 – Lincoln, NE

Coffee Meet-Ups – Omaha, NE

At 10:00 a.m., we will host a virtual coffee meet-up on Zoom. Ice-breaker- style questions will help families to meet one another and find common topics of interest.

Coffee and Conversation – Lincoln, NE

Connect Readings

A great event where deaf and hard-of-hearing children listen to storytime, interpreters sign, and readers tell stories simultaneously.

Virtual Connect Readings are hosted on Zoom.

Job Opportunity

Guide-By-Your-Side Parent Guide positions available.  Please find the Job Application and Position Description by clicking on the links.  

National Hands & Voices – Zoom Webinars

Topic: “Response to Toxic Stress: Supporting Young Children and
Their Caregivers to Promote Long-term Health and Learning
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm (MST)/12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (CDT)
Presenter: Nicole Jacobson, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert.-AVEd.

Today’s research drives the call to action for programs and policymakers to respond to the long-term adverse impact of toxic stress on a young
child and his/her family. This is true especially as families face
compounding challenges that the ongoing pandemic has posed. Now that we know that a young child’s prolonged exposure to toxic stress cannot
only reduce learning outcomes but also incur signitifance health risks
into adulthood, it is imperative to implement research-based responses
that build resilience and well-being in young children and their

Parents of children who are Deaf/hard of hearing and professionals that
serve them are invited to join us for this discussion.

This webinar will be recorded. Please see the website for access to this
and other webinar recordings: http://www.heartolearn.org/

CEUs are not offered for this webinar presentation.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize how prolonged exposure to toxic stress can stunt learning
outcomes in children and lead to long-term health risks.
2. Support parents to provide positive, brain-building interactions with
young children.
3. Implement strategies shown to build resilience in children.

Nicole Jacobson is the Director of Sound Beginnings, a Listening and
Spoken Language Specialist certified as an Auditory-Verbal Educator, and a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received a Bachelor’s Degree at
Brigham Young University in Special Education with a minor in music.
She also received her second Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Utah
State University in Speech-Language Pathology. Nicole has loved working with the amazing children and their families at Sound Beginnings and
strives to offer services that are not only child-focused but are truly
family-centered. Nicole has also thoroughly enjoyed working as a clinical supervisor with the Utah State University graduate students from the
Listening and Spoken Language Graduate Studies Program.

Webinar start times (by time zone)
10:30 am – 11:00 am PT
11:30 am – 12:00 pm MT
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm CT
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Where: Adobe Connect- to register here
Download the adobeconnect app.
For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup
For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac
More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-

Note: If your institution does not permit you to add the above link, you
may go to the above URL directly, however, we have been advised that
optimal performance is achieved via the app.
· Live captioning will also be provided
 · Questions about this webinar: contact Nicole Jacobson 
· Technical assistance during the webinar: contact Daniel Ladner

Webinar: “Deaf Education Law for Parents & Advocates of Deaf/HH
Students”Audience: Families, Family Leaders, FBOs

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 12:00-2:00 p.m. CDT and 4:00-6:00 p.m. CDT (See Mountain Time registration links below.)

Presenter: Whitney Hill Hosted by: Good Signs Interpreting

This session is designed for parents and advocates for Deaf/
Hard of Hearing (HH) students to be able to navigate a complex system oflaws around development of evaluations and individualized education
plans (IEPs) services for Deaf/HH students in school and educational
placements. This workshop will provide information regarding how
special education law applies to Deaf/HH students and tools to be able to advocate for students when they do not have access to communication at school or cannot access a free, appropriate public education. 
This workshop will be FREE to anyone who will not be receiving CEUs. 

Two timeframes, choose one:
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MT Presented in ASL To sign up or get more
information for this time slot, register here

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM MT Presented in Spoken English To sign up or get more information for this time slot, register here.  


Nebraska Hands & Voices is seeking new board members with a passion for our mission of  supporting families that have children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing without a bias toward communication modes or methodologies.  We are looking for parents of children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, deaf/hard-of-hearing adults, and/or professionals from across the state.  Serving on our board is a great way to directly impact the lives of deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals in Nebraska while keeping our guiding principles of innovation, community, collaboration, and respect in play.  If you have a vision for Nebraska Hands & Voices, or talents to share, please consider applying.  Our application is available at this link: NE H&V Board App.  You can also contact us at mailto:questions@handsandvoicesne.org for more information.